The eighth edition of the five-week specialized course for career development of various management faculties called ‘Faculty Development Programme’ (FDP) inaugurated at IIM Indore on April 25, 2016. FDP aims at professional development of management teachers, researchers, and practitioners.
The inaugural ceremony took place in the presence of Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan, OB & HR, Chairperson, Alumni Relations, IIM Bangalore along with Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore and 44 participants registered for the programme.
Professor Subhasankar Chattopadhyay, Faculty, Economics at IIM Indore welcomed the guests and invited them for the lamp lighting ceremony. Professor Krishnan then delivered the welcome address wherein he noted that in today’s scenario, the major challenge faced by the educational institutions is shortage of faculty who belong to the right background and have the required skills to provide knowledge to the current students. ‘It is important that we create a good pool of faculty who have knowledge and the correct attitude to improve upon their academic skills. For this we need to make some investment in terms of money, time, energy and efforts; so that we are updated with the new technologies and play a significant role in research’, he said.
Professor Krishnan also said that the programme would help the participants to stay motivated and feel more enthusiastic towards their profession, which would help them be creative and innovative to help their students learn in a better way.
This was followed by the Chief Guest’s Address. Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan’s talk revolved around her experience as a teacher and a researcher in last 15 years and the changing context in organizations, both internally and externally.
Discussing about how the generation of students has changed in the last ten years, she noted that the classrooms are now more diverse and the students now come from three different categories. One category is the one where parents ask their child to study hard to achieve success, second one is where the parents would do anything for the child to get in a great institute, where he would act as a customer to the institute and the third one belongs to the confused students, who aspire something else but by chance come to a particular college/school. ‘The penetration and value of education is deepening across the families in India, and ability to teach all these different categories of stakeholder students determines the teacher’s efficiency’, she noted. She mentioned that teachers need to be as creative and innovative as possible, because Google can teach a student in six minutes what a teacher may try to teach him/her in an hour.
‘Technology may enhance our teaching or may take away our capabilities as a teacher. A student learns faster and efficiently by practically doing or watching things. For this, we should remain open to adapting new things and focus on what all unique concepts or practices we can bring in the class via newspaper or TV or internet which would help the student learn in an easy way’, Professor Srinivasan said.
She concluded by discussing about the ways in which a research can prove useful in teaching, in bringing relevant and contemporary knowledge which is useful for students and which encourages the teachers to be the best professional in their field.
This was followed by a Q&A Session.
The FDP course will have four modules namely, Case and Teaching Skill Development, Research Methodology, Research Skill Development and Perspectives on Management. Emphasis will also be given to understanding of philosophy of management, design and development of learning resources.